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Verification Conundrum for Florida Employers: To E-Verify or Not to E-Verify

A new E-Verify compliance requirement went into effect in January when Florida introduced Senate Bill (SB) 664, which makes the use of E-Verify mandatory for all government employers, contractors, and certain private employers in the state beginning on January 1, 2021. The law also requires private employers who choose not to use E-Verify to maintain copies of the documents used to complete the I-9 for a period of three years. The latest mandate expands the E-Verify requirements to all public employers who are not using E-Verify to retain copies of the identity and employment authorization documents presented for the I-9 process for a period of three years. If a private employer does not follow the rules with regards to employment verification, the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) shall require them to provide an affidavit stating that they will comply with the verification requirements, they have terminated the employment of all unauthorized workers in the state and they will not intentionally or knowingly employ an unauthorized worker in the state.

 

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